As I sat at my kitchen table, eating breakfast on a beautiful Sunday morning, my mind drifted to a certain topic. This was a topic I hadn’t been seriously thinking about, but as I approached the idea, I really wanted to sort it out. The topic is which language I will be taking in high school. As I think about it, Deerfield Academy (where I am going next year), offers many different languages. I have certainly narrowed the topic to a few choices. These languages are: Mandarin, Arabic, and Spanish.
I have taken Latin since sixth grade and I haven’t enjoyed it as much as I initially anticipated I would. It has been hard for me to absorb a lot of the material and it has stressed me out knowing that I can’t really use this language in the real world. Knowing this, I know that even if I took Latin in high school, it wouldn’t help me out at all. I would be placed into Latin I and have to start all over.
I have asked my sister, who also attends Deerfield Academy, what her friends take and what they think about it. She told me she has friends who take all of them. She takes Spanish and loves it, but she has friends who take Mandarin who enjoy it, but always talk about how hard it is.
When asking Mrs. Hernandez-Skayne, a Spanish teacher at my school, what language I should pursue, she said Arabic. She talked about how beautiful the characters are as well as how beautiful it sounds when spoken. She told me that she knows it is really hard and it will take a lot of work, but in the end it will help me many ways.
When thinking about Mandarin and Arabic, their prospective countries are major powerhouses in international affairs these days, which is very encouraging. If I took one of these languages and somehow became fluent, I would be able to travel around the world and be able t communicate with completely different people.
When thinking about Spanish, the same thing comes to mind. I would be able to talk to a lot of people around the world, but it seems to mainstream. It seems like there are so many people taking Spanish and so many people around the world that speak it. With Mandarin and Arabic, there will be a remote amount of people that I would be able to talk to, which seems very cool.
In the end, the decision seems to be between Mandarin and Arabic. I am not sure which one I will choose and it will be a very hard decision. Both of these languages will also require a lot of work, studying, and extra effort.
Let me know what you think and what your thoughts are on my choice.